Rihanna Sends A Message To World Leaders: “Make Education A Priority”

September 19, 2018  |  

Fresh off her fourth annual star studded Diamond Ball gala, Rihanna is continuing her fight for global education access with a new op-ed for The Guardian.

“Growing up in Barbados, I did not always love school,” the philanthropist and entrepreneur wrote.

“It can feel like a grind, especially when you’d rather be singing, playing sports or doing pretty much anything other than homework. I realize now that I often took it for granted that I was even able to go to school. Education can be stolen from you in a second.”

The Fenty Beauty creator has been passionate about education for years now. Her organization, The Clara Lionel Foundation, focuses on providing young people across the world with equal access to education.

“The lack of access to education for children around the world is a massive problem, but that does not mean we should throw up our hands in despair and surrender,”  Rih continued.

“Instead, we need to take on as much of the challenge as we can manage to set an example and see the difference. This is what has driven me to prioritize global education in my philanthropy and advocacy work. The notion that millions of children are desperate to go to school and are not given the opportunity is something I cannot accept.”

Rihanna then shifted her attention to global leaders, asking for their assistance to remedy the crisis.

“As an ambassador for [Global Partnership for Education], I’ve met a number of […] world leaders and witnessed first-hand how difficult it can be to commit money to education. But we as individuals can use our voices to empower these leaders to make education a priority. I hope you all join me on social media in calling on world leaders to step up to the global education challenge.”

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